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Rise AGAINST HUNGER: By The Numbers

Our RISE AGAINST HUNGER was a huge success this year! Thank you to the many volunteers that gave their time and talents to make it such a wonderful day.

How many meals were packaged during our Rise event on Tuesday?

51,192 meals were packaged

How long did it take to package the meals?

Less than 6 Hours (record time!) and lots of dedicated volunteers

What was the total donated to purchase the meals?

$29,400 was donated to cover our 50,000-meal event plus enough to help Rise host another 51,372-meal upcoming event.

How many people participated today?

150+ Springmoor Residents and Staff volunteered for the event

How many students came to help?

28 Middle School Students (6th – 8th Grade) and 4 Teachers from The Montessori School of Raleigh came to help. They are students of a former Springmoor employee who loves to participate.

How many Fire Fighters came to help?

5 City of Raleigh Firemen helped haul the boxes and bags to refill the buckets with the dehydrated meal ingredients – rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

How many families came to help?

This was the big story of the day! We were thrilled to have the Residents invite their family members come and help package meals.

Libby Woods brought her son Paul.

Betty Duke was joined by her son Kent.

DG Harwood and his two daughters, Sheron and Lynn helped package meals.

Robin Wright brought her whole family plus a few extras – Scott, Spencer, Stephanie and two of their friends!

Edna Hicks was joined by her daughter, Lauren, and a friend.

Robin Hardison brought her daughter, Chadisey.

Jim and Shirley Overcash were joined by their daughter, Donna.

Kelli Sullivan’s husband, Joe came to help unload the truck.

How many years has Springmoor been doing this event?

This was our 7th year hosting a meal-packing event.

How many total meals has Springmoor packed during these events?

The Springmoor community has now packaged over 300,000 meals

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A Storyteller, Teacher and Writer

Julia and Earl McCullers, a Storyteller and a Veteran

The Storyteller

Julia McCullers grew up in a family where storytelling was a valued tradition. As a child during World War II, she observed how profoundly everyone was affected when her grandparents’ five sons and two sons-in-law were whisked away to serve in the armed forces around the world. As a mature woman she wrote about those difficult war years in a memoir she called “News from the Homefront.”

After Julia’s Veterans Day reading of that story here at Springmoor, the buzz in the hallways reflected awe and admiration for her skill as a storyteller:

Julia sets the stage

She sets the stage both literally and figuratively. Surrounded with memorabilia behind her on the stage, she paints such beautiful pictures with her words. With the old radio, the photos and flags encircling her, the stories she tells will bring you to tears. – Peg Bedini, Springmoor Resident Association President

That event was not the first time Julia had captured a Springmoor audience with a story based on personal history. A year ago, in a presentation called “Almost Armageddon,” she told of her experiences as a young Navy wife who was living on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She and other wives and children were swiftly evacuated from the base on very short notice, forced to leave behind their husbands and their homes and to face a world where nuclear war seemed imminent.

Julia McCullers lived these stories; they make history come alive.

One of Julia’s uncles featured in her memoir, News from the Homefront

The Teacher

Julia is also a teacher. She and her three daughters, as the family of Earl McCullers, whose career in the Navy spanned 28 years, were transferred from coast to coast and from one duty station to another. As they moved around, she continued her passion for words by teaching English in situations that included a North Georgia high school, a girls’ private prep school, an overseas school for military dependents, two community colleges and three universities. Looking back over her long career, she says that her beloved high school English teacher, Mrs. A. G. Glenn, probably inspired her to become an educator. She and Earl, who were high school classmates, both give Mrs. Glenn credit for their love of the written word.

Never Far From Home, a collection of columns from the Smithfield Herald

The Writer

For many years, Julia wrote a column for the Smithfield Herald. A collection of these columns, titled Never Far From Home, was published in 1998. In 2005, she and fellow Smithfield High School alumna, Ann Huckenbeck (a retired vice president of the University of Connecticut), realized that the history of their old school was in danger of being lost. The building, more than a century old, was to undergo drastic changes that threatened to erase any evidence of a proud school that had educated many successful North Carolinians. After a hyper-active Alumni Association formed, the members lobbied the Johnston County Board of Education to rename the building in honor of Principal A. G. Glenn, who had shaped many lives during his long tenure. At their urging, space was set aside for a small museum, and, over a period of three years of intense effort, memorabilia and displays turned the revamped building into a site that now handsomely houses the Johnston County Board of Education and hosts special events and meetings. Julia realized that she had enough material to write a book about the old school, and it was published in 2007. A History of Smithfield, NC High School 1903-1969: A small town, a good school, was sold to underwrite a dedication ceremony for the A. G. Glenn Building – a 2008 event that attracted more than 650 alumni and friends.

A History of Smithfiled, NC High School written for the dedication of the A.G. Glenn Building

Here at Springmoor, Julia is putting the final touches on another book. And she is enjoying writing with the Springmoor Writer’s Group facilitated by Dr. James Clark, NC State’s English Professor Emeritus. The group gathers monthly to read their latest stories. Some write about family history and add a new chapter each time, while others write about a recent event. She loves the opportunity to laugh and listen with her fellow writers.

The Future

If you haven’t met Julia yet, you will certainly want to watch for her next speaking engagement on the events calendar. Be sure to ask her what she is reading too. An avid fan of the library, she can always recommend another great read. Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman has her attention for the moment. It deals with the increasing rapidity of change in our world and with human inability to adapt at the same pace. She readily admits that she often seeks the advice of her six grandchildren – especially regarding technology. She laughs when she thinks of how unlikely it is that her own grandparents would have asked her for advice on how to manage their slow-to-change farm. Continue reading →

Introducing the New Meraki Arts Studio

Our new Meraki Studio
Our new Meraki Arts Studio

Meraki (may-rah-kee)

verb or adverb (from the Turkish “Merak”)

  1. labor of love; done with pleasure
  2. applied to tasks, usually creative or artistic
    Leaving a little piece of yourself (your soul, creativity or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of   yourself into it.

Springmoor’s new Meraki Arts Studio opened this weekend. Our residents had the opportunity to meet the artists who will be teaching in the studio. Fall classes will include glass fusing, acrylic painting, fabric dying, charcoal drawing, calligraphy, zentangle arts and so much more. Each artist will bring something new to the studio.

New additions to the studio - personal lockers and a fused glass kiln
New additions to the studio – personal lockers and a fused glass kiln

Our newly renovated space includes larger tables and work spaces. Lockers have been added to store personal supplies. New flooring, chairs and cabinetry have been added too. A glass kiln was purchased for many of the classes that artist Linda Martin will teach at Springmoor. A sewing machine for fabric classes will be installed next month.

Fused glass kiln with before and after sun-catchers

Class sizes depend on each artist. There is enough space for thirty to participate in a project but often not enough time for each instructor to help with a large crowd. Scheduling the classes on multiple days will certainly allow for everyone to experiment with their own creativity and have one-on-one time with the artist. We have night-owl classes, Saturday classes and early afternoon studio times on the calendar.

This fall we welcome a few of our favorite artists back as well as a few new faces to the Meraki Arts Studio. Gretchen Phillips, mixed media, Tony Midyette, acrylic painting and Linda Martin, fused glass instructor, have many dates on the Springmoor arts calendar. New instructor, Marcelle Hooks, a portrait artist, will also be joining our creative fall schedule. There are other artists in the works, so stay tuned!

Gretchen Phillips
Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen – Jewelry & Silk Screen

Gretchen Phillips likes to “dabble in different art forms.” Her current interests are in jewelry making, silk screening, and acrylic painting. Her background in print making and drawing gives her a wide range of abilities and class ideas. She has taught in the public school system, for the parks and recreation departments, at Artspace and Pinot’s Palette. Her wide smile and enthusiasm make each class exciting. The Springmoor residents participated in several paper projects and silk scarf dying classes this summer.

Linda Martin
Linda Martin

Linda – Fused Glass

Linda Martin has been teaching fused glass classes the past few months much to our residents’ delight! They have tried their hand at decorative glass bowls, jewelry pendants and bracelets, houseplant sun catchers and holiday ornaments. The new glass kiln in the studio brings a wonderful new media to the art offerings. Her work will be on exhibit in the Meraki Gallery during the month of October.

Linda works out of her home studio blowing and fusing glass. She teaches for the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary and the Town of Wake Forest. She uses both a glass kiln and a torch to create her pieces. She paints with glass enamels, transfers images to glass using screen prints and stamps. She finishes her projects with glass saws, belt sanders and an assortment of other manual tools. Her pieces are the talk of the community! The staff at Springmoor has requested classes also after seeing the beautiful pieces that the residents have made.

Tommy Midyette
Tommy Midyette

Tommy – Acrylic Paint

Tommy Midyette has been teaching painting classes at Springmoor for several years. Earning a graphic design degree from NC State, he pursues his art in acrylics, oil, pastels, charcoals, colored pencil and pen and ink. He brings with him a great teaching style and very creative canvas ideas. Tommy also offers fun Wine & Design classes for resident groups. His three-hour painting classes include landscapes, animals and still-life objects. He brings the supplies and you bring the creativity.

Marcelle Hooks
Marcelle Hooks

Marcelle – Pen and Ink

New to Springmoor, Marcelle Hooks, a classical oil figure and portraiture artist, joins us this fall. She has been teaching in the Raleigh area for more than twenty years at her private home studio as well as Wake Tech Community College, the Cary Arts Center, Cape Fear Community College and other South Carolina and Virginia galleries. We look forward to welcoming her to the new studio in October.

 

Springmoor resident, Linda Jones at NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Art Gallery

Linda – Colored Pencils

Our community is filled with artists – those that have had private showings and those that just like to dabble. Linda Jones, a Springmoor resident, recently presented her artwork at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery. “Using my own photographs, I paint with colored pencil to capture this natural beauty as realistically as possible. The majority of my subjects have been found in North Carolina, many in my Raleigh neighborhood.”

Kathy and Dick – Watercolor and Stones

Springmoor resident, Kathy Canary, has beautiful watercolor paintings throughout her house that she painted while living in Tennessee, Florida and now her new home in Raleigh. Retired NC State professor, Dick Volk, first tried his hand at stone cutting machine while he was pursuing his college degree. Throughout his time at NC State, he was not only a teacher but also a student taking classes in silver working and stone cutting. Now in his retirement you can find him designing jewelry, working with precious metals and stones in the Meraki studio.

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Putting on the Springmoor Green

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented. Arnold Palmer

Springmoor putters in competition

Take it from the pro – it is great for the soul! Tom Howell, Willie Martin and fellow Springmoor putters will agree. On a late Monday morning, you will find a group of men and women gathered on the “Springmoor CC Putting Green” to play a round of 18. Closest to the Pin, Hole in One and Lowest Score is what this group competes in each time they are together. Scores are never important but a little competition certainly makes it more fun.

A little exercise and always a few laughs

Competition

Tom was asked recently to design a new golf card. His fellow golfers told him they needed something a little more official – this is an important part of the game and the details are necessary. Now the card has the length of each putt and the handicap level. The putting green has 9 holes and they will play it twice for a competitive round of golf. They play every other Monday at 11:00.

Brandon Hair, Springmoor’s Executive Director, joined the group during his first few months on the job. He made a hole in one on the closest to the pin putt and won a bag of cookies! The rest of the group trades places on the leader board every other week. Esther Wenzel and Joan Speir, the stars of the women’s team, give the men a run for their money with their putting skills. Don Preiss can be found practicing more than anyone. He loves the sport! New resident Murphy Osborne has recently joined the group and has found his way to the top on many occasions.

Closest to the pin – who’s the winner?

Neighbors

Asked how they find new golfers, Tom says it’s not hard. The Welcoming Committee is quick to point them in the right direction. He and Willie get calls from someone on the committee or are spotted at dinner and handed a list of who needs to be invited to play. There are some upcoming residents on the Waiting List that have joined the Monday game too.

If the group wants to play a full round with sand traps, water and long fairways they can head down Creedmoor Road. Wildwood Green Golf Club is only five minutes from Springmoor. They offer a great senior rate Monday thru Thursday, any time of the day. Tom says the location can’t be beat! Five minutes away and you’re on the golf course – what’s better than that?

Dale Metzinger at the Senior Games

Rain Delay

And if it’s raining, he invites you to join him at the Billiards Table. Dale Matzinger, our North Carolina Senior Games Ping Pong Champion, signed up for the Wake County Senior Games this summer and encouraged Tom to try this sport too. Armed with a rules book, the two have gotten a lively group of Billiard players together and mastered the Senior Rules of the game. The newly renovated room in North Village has also become the hub of jigsaw puzzle fans. The two groups share lots of laughs together.

There aren’t many days in North Carolina when you can’t enjoy being outside

There is also a lively game of croquet each week – the South Village offers a beautiful court just outside the Bistro. There are a few putters that play croquet on Saturdays. Whatever your sport – from Ping-Pong to putting greens – there are always opportunities to compete, to share a few laughs and to exercise. Continue reading →

Living an Active Lifestyle

Springmoor offers residents an active lifestyle – from exercise classes to lecturers, from musical events to volunteer activities, from studio art classes to book clubs, from walks on the Raleigh City Greenways to travel tours – we are happy to offer many dimensions of wellness. Whether it is a social activity, a vocational outing or a fitness class – staying active physically and mentally is our key to a successful retirement.

21c Museum Hotel

Art and Educational Events

Raleigh is filled with places to go and things to see. If art is your passion, then the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, the COR Museum (City of Raleigh Museum), and the new Gregg Museum at NC State will delight you. We had to schedule a second trip to 21c, a new Museum Hotel, in Durham because of its overwhelming popularity!

OLLI at NC State offers continuing education and volunteer opportunities

OLLI, a continuing education program offered at NC State University, is an excellent way to expand your knowledge. The university offers a wide range of courses each semester that our residents rave about. The course selection includes music, ethics, history, economics, astrology and more. It’s hard not to sign up for a course when you see their catalog! Our residents choose the group classes and we offer transportation to the McKimmon Center.

The North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Musical Events

The Triangle also offers a wide range of music and theatre. The North Carolina Symphony performs in over 90 North Carolina counties. Their headquarters for the Pops and Classical Series is located in the spectacular Meymandi Concert hall in downtown Raleigh. For ticket holders, we offer door-to-door transportation. No more worries about traffic, weather or a place to park with this added benefit. Ticket holders can also enjoy performances and transportation to The Carolina Ballet, Raleigh Little Theatre and the NC Theatre.

Pepper Choplin, Composer and Conductor, will visit this fall

We are pleased to bring musical events in-house too. The Bloomsbury Boys, a Dixieland Jazz group, will be here every Saturday afternoon in the fall for Music on the Porch. Frederick Moyers, concert pianist, will join us this fall too. He has appeared as a soloist with most of the major orchestras throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Singer, songwriter, pianist and violinist Sara Getto joins us in September for an evening of music. And we are thrilled to have Pepper Choplin, composer, conductor and humorist, on our fall list too. This summer he premiered his cantatas at The Lincoln Center with 200 voices and orchestras. The Springmoor audience will certainly be inspired with this extraordinary line-up for the fall.

Aqua Challenge, Water Volleyball and more in our heated saltwater lap pool

Physical Fitness

As part of the Active Lifestyle, we offer a wide variety of physical activities to keep you fit and flexible, strong and healthy. Our Wellness Center staff offers over 45 classes each week. Aqua Fitness, Line Dancing, Strength and Balance, Cardio, and Pilates are just a few of the many offerings. The two exercise equipment rooms are open daily and our instructors and physical therapist are on hand to help design the best program for your needs.

Sysco hosts a residents’ tour From Farm to Table

Tours

Sysco, a global food and equipment distributor, is on our calendar in September. The residents will tour the Selma facility as well as taste food in their test-kitchens. They will see how produce is brought in, packaged and distributed. Our Dining Service Management and Nutritionists are part of the Sysco group. Having a behind-the- scenes look from farm to table will be an educational tour for everyone.

Duke Lemur Center is on our tour list this fall

And if animals peak your curiosity, the Duke Lemur Center will be a fun afternoon event. With over 250 primates across 21 species, the research and conservation center is a must see for everyone.

Art Studio Projects

We are happy to announce the opening of our new Meraki Arts Studio in September. With three artist instructors teaching classes in glass making, acrylic painting and mixed-media arts, we look forward to a creative fall schedule. Other artists will be called on to teach watercolor, drawing and additional media. The newly renovated studio has lockers for our residents to store their supplies, a glass kiln for making jewelry and fused glass projects, a custom-designed workspace and display center.

Our new Meraki Arts Studio with fused glass workshops

Stay tuned for future blogs on this exciting new Springmoor addition!

Dr. Mark Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. will be here for Active Aging Week

Lectures

Dr. Mark Leary, Duke University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, will join us in September as part of Active Aging Week to discuss “The Role of Self-Compassion in Successful Aging.” He is faculty director of Duke University’s Interdisciplinary Initiative in Social Psychology and heads the Social Psychology program.

Dr. Carol Dunn, NC State University Professor and Department Chair of the Agricultural and Human Sciences program, will also be here to share her knowledge. She will preview Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: 7 Solutions to Live a Healthier Life.

William and Sue Willis will perform two live shows – Presidents and Their First Ladies as Ike and Mamie Eisenhower and Ronald and Nancy Reagan. In our theatre, we have watched many of their films and are delighted to welcome them for two live performances. The costumes, dialogue and history create a wonderfully unique program.

An Active Lifestyle

Our residents can challenge themselves with a variety of options: fitness for your physical health; lectures, book clubs and tours for your mental fitness. There is something for everyone! The possibilities are endless. Our residents will tell you, “There is just not enough time in the day to do everything we want to do.” Continue reading →

Summer Dining and Entertainment for Independence Day

It’s time for an All-American Independence Day. What’s better than apple pie or juicy slice of watermelon, a hot dog with all the fixin’s or a delicious hamburger with fresh lettuce and tomatoes? Top it all off with fireworks and baseball and you have the perfect summer day!

Apple pie, baseball and fireworks – a great family day

The Menu

Art Ernteman, Springmoor’s General Manager of Dining Services, was asked what’s on the menu for our July 4th Celebration. Of course, he is serving everyone’s favorites and adding a touch of stars and stripes to the dining rooms too. Along with the burgers and apple pie, he’s added okra and tomatoes, grilled zucchini, potato salad, sweet potato fries, rotisserie chicken and baked beans to the menu.

The July 4th menu will include one of everyone’s Springmoor favorites – Strawberry Fields Salad. He says it’s easy to make and can be served as an entrée salad.

Strawberry Fields Salad, a Springmoor favorite

Strawberry Fields Salad

  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbles
  • Spring Mix Lettuce
  • Sliced Red Onion
  • Fresh Sliced Strawberries
  • Walnut Pieces
  • Topped with a Honey Poppy Seed Balsamic Dressing (serves 8)
  • ½ cup of Balsamic Dressing
  • Add honey and poppy seed to taste

We look forward to an afternoon get-together in the Garden Grill and The Terrace Room for a fresh slice of juicy watermelon before your evening activities.

Family fun on the farm

The Farm

Are you entertaining family and friends this week too? Raleigh has a long list of local farms. Lyon Farms offers two choices: you can pick your own bucket of berries or drop by their neighborhood produce stand. A Creedmoor Farm since 1861, they bring their fruits and vegetables to the neighborhood during the growing season. They are located only a few blocks away on Creedmoor Road! For the best blackberries – and a day on the farm – you can pick your own from mid-June to the end of July. They have a large of assortment of fruits and veggies at the stand and also sell a few speciality items that you won’t want to miss: pickled items, strawberry lemonade, jams, cider and corn on the cob.

Page Farms is located only a few miles away too. If your family is in town and you want to explore “a little bit of country”, they suggest you come for a visit. Blackberry season is in full swing now on their farm too. You can pick your own or buy them by the pound.

Durham Bulls baseball on the 4th

The Ballpark

What’s more All-American than apple pie? How about a little minor-league baseball while your family is here? The Durham Bulls and The Carolina Mudcats have stadiums that are only thirty minutes away. Both teams are in town this week and have special firework events scheduled for their 4th of July celebrations after the game. The Durham Bulls take on The Charlotte Knights at the DPAP in downtown Durham. And at Five County Stadium, in Zebulon, you will find the Mudcats and The Salem Red Sox.

Fireworks light up the Raleigh skyline

The Fireworks

After a burger and a slice of apple pie, you and your family might want to head downtown to join in the Raleigh festivities. The ‘Works! begins at noon. There will be live music, Aerial Performances, Cirque de Vol street performers and more. The fireworks begin about 9:30pm. This great show always lights up the Raleigh skyline.

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